Sail away

Sail away
HOME AGAIN: Restored Pascual Flores recently spent five days in Torrevieja port Photo credit: Torrevieja town hall

THE Pascual Flores, a small three-masted schooner historically linked to Torrevieja, set sail on a European tour last week.

The boat’s first port of call was Huelva, where the Pascual Flores was previously restored and made seaworthy by the  non-profitmaking Fundacion Nao Victoria.

From here the boat made for La Coruña, before visiting several French ports and reaching Nantes for a rendezvous with El Galeon, a Fundacion Nao Victoria replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon.


The boats then sail together to Germany for the Maritime Days event held between August 9 and 12 in Bremerhaven.

Before setting out for Huelva last week the Pascual Flores also spent five days in Torrevieja port where it was visited by more than 3,000 people.

The schooner, which was built in 1917 in Torrevieja, took local salt to Mediterranean ports as well as North and West Africa and was acquired by Torrevieja town hall in 1999 in very bad condition.

It was restored following a four-year collaboration agreement signed in 2020 by Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolon and Fundacion Nao Victoria, which receives an annual €150,000 for restoring and using the Pascual Flores.

The schooner advertises Torrevieja wherever it docks in Spain and Europe, Dolon pointed out, although it will remain in Torrevieja port for two months each year.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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